Your religion is your own — keep it out of the law

Why does god do the things the Bible says he does?

I know many people that attend Bible study classes and for the most part, I have no idea what passages they are studying, nor do I particularly care. You see, some of the things I would like to see studied in Bible studies are things like:

Why would a kind and benevolent god instruct Joshua to kill every man woman and child in Jericho? Why would god saddle every man woman and child with original sin for thousands of years, then impregnate a virgin, who gives birth to himself then let’s himself be sacrificed on the cross so we could all be forgiven for the sins that he saddled us with to begin with?

Why would god bother to confuse the languages of people trying to build a tower to heaven when there is no possible way they could accomplish such a feat? Why would a kind and loving god be so angry with his chosen people for briefly worshiping a golden calf that he would make them wander in the desert for 40 years before finally allowing them access to their promised land?

Why did god get so angry with all of mankind that he decided to destroy them all in a great flood, except for Noah and his family, who were apparently the only true believers in the whole world? How did Noah find room for nearly 4 million animals on the ark, giving each animal approximately 3 cubic feet of space? What did he feed the meat eaters for nearly a year? How did he deal with all of the waste products created by all of those animals?

Why would god turn Lott’s wife into a pillar of salt, just for looking back?

I could go on but I think you might get the point by now that, in my opinion, the Bible is a collection of a bunch of fables and myths, just like every other supposedly “holy” book claiming that there is a supreme being who created all of this and all of us.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t necessarily totally discount the possibility of a supreme being, I just haven’t found any compelling evidence to convince me of it. And if good people use their belief in god to do good things, hey, I’m all for that, but too many so-called religious leaders use their influence over their flocks to enrich themselves and that just makes me sick.

So, in closing, I’d just like to say, if you want to believe in some being in the sky and you use that to help others, good on ya, just don’t try to make your beliefs the law of the land. Just sayin’.

Larry Benson